Horse Racing Nation Picks the Derby!

Horse Racing Nation Picks the Derby!
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Revolutionary ... or is it Orb? The Horse Racing Nation team had no trouble selecting those two 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders as the most likely to be draped in the roses, but deciding between the two was a little bit tougher. Based solely on first place votes, Revolutionary is the selection, garnering (9) first place votes. Orb was a close second with (8) first place votes, but with a strong representation in the second place slot, Orb is the overall leader in points. Interestingly, each of the nine team members that picked Revolutionary to win, had Orb for second, including yours truly. That should mean that a Revolutionary - Orb exacta has absolutely no chance of coming in. Normandy Invasion with (3) first place votes and good representation on each of the four lines is the third choice according to Horse Racing Nation, while Verrazano, the 4-1 morning line second choice is clearly not a favorite of the group.

 


Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

 
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